Postgraduate Research Student
Baring Court, University of Exeter St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Upon completion of my undergraduate degree at the University of Exeter in Sport and Health Sciences (2017), I decided to pursue a Masters by Research with the Children’s Health & Exercise Research Centre (CHERC) under the supervision of Dr. Alan Barker and Dr. Bert Bond. During my undergraduate dissertation, I investigated the effects of a 3-day juice diet on metabolic health. This led me to discover a passion for working within the healthcare topic, whereby the research which I am doing can improve our understanding and lifestyle.
The areas in which I am most passionate about are clinical exercise physiology, paediatric exercise physiology and nutrition and through my master’s degree I aim to continue to enhance my knowledge within these areas so that I can pursue a career in this avenue. Working with CHERC has provided me with the opportunity to be in a professional environment with young people, which through my past coaching experience is the most rewarding and enjoyable group to work with for me.
Broad research specialisms
Nutrition, pediatrics, physical activity promotion, vascular function.
BSc Sport and Health Sciences (Hons)
Project Title: Investigating the effects of different types of sugar found in sugar sweetened beverages on blood vessel health in adolescent boys and girls.
Supervisors: Dr. Alan Barker, Dr. Bert Bond
Project Description: During my master’s study, I will be investigating the effects of different sugar types, found in sugary drinks, on blood vessel function in adolescent boys and girls. During this time, I will be using a wide range of techniques including measures of cerebrovascular and macrovascular function in order to assess blood vessel health. Participants will complete 4 conditions of different drinks, with the sugary drinks being representative of what is in a typical sugary drink which children and adolescents consume. This is a novel and important topic which needs to be explored given that adolescents consume eight times the recommended daily maximum of sugar intake from sugary drinks alone.